Pujols to face Reds?

Reds lineup vs. Cardinals

Stubbs 8
Phillips 4
Votto 3
Rolen 5
Bruce 9
Gomes 7
Hanigan 2
Janish 6
Volquez 1

*No Cardinals lineup is out that I’ve seen…will Albert Pujols be in it tonight? He was activated from the disabled list. Returning from a broken wrist in 15 days is remarkable. Pujols is 4-for-10 (.400) with two home runs lifetime vs. Reds starter Edinson Volquez.

UPDATE: Pujols is not in the Cardinals lineup but available to pinch hit. That is kind of stunning.

*Against Cardinals lefty Jaime Garcia, Jonny Gomes has a good track record with a .500 average (4-for-8) with two doubles and three RBIs. Jay Bruce is 1-for-7, Brandon Phillips is 3-for-14 with a homer, Scott Rolen is 2-for-10 and Joey Votto is 1-for-8.

*The 43-43 Reds will be fighting to stay above .500 tonight. They have only been below .500 once this season back when they were 14-15.

*The Reds are 12-18 this season in one-run games. The 18 losses are fourth most in the Majors and second behind Florida for most in the NL.


another loss and ZERO moves by the front office.. I guess they can wait for my money because im tired of the false lies that this ownership has thrown at the fans.. “congratulations BOB and WALT on your 4th place championship spot!!! GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR.. good luck trying to sell tickets when this team is 8 games out by the allstar break!!! I wish BOb you would sell this team to Mark Cuban… HE HATES to loose where your ownership is accepting of it. No other ownewr that hates losing would keep this lousy hitting coach, would put up with a lack of production from the Shortstop position, would not put up with head case Edinson Volquez!! and the constant lack of focus of your team!! the 5-0 start was the team i saw that had focus and hunger, this garbage lately is more a country club setting with ZERO tolerance to urgency to win!! Sadly the fans are shown that 2010 was a lucky season and it will probably be another 10 years before they win a championship (Definition: World Series!!!) Also i wish the beat writeres were more critical with the questions at this ownership!!

You’ll have to wait a lot longer than ten years! How does an eternity do for you? The game is structured in such a way, due largely to the fear of sharing tv revenue out of, I guess, some kind of socialist phobia, to be inherenty inequitable. Markets the size of Cincinnati have no chance of sustaining any kind of run. The best we can hope for is to occasiuoinally catch a wave and ride it for all its got. A year ago, we were the wave-catcher. This year Pittsburgh sits atop the crest. But neither market is large enough to sustain a run and build toward a championship. St. Louis is just large enough to have sustained such a run. Chicago is certainly large enough, but inept as an operation. Houston too has done it in the recent past, but at the moment is rebuilding. Pretty much leaves the division open for St. Louis most years. I’m pulling for the Bucs to ride the wave the way we did last year. That’s the best we can hope for now that reality has come crashing back in.

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